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Northwest Braves Take Silver in NAFA West Masters

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The Northwest Braves, top row from left, Shayne Arndt, Todd Kensler, Rich Leffingwell, Tom Inglis, Tony Dinehart, Cleon Tungsvik. Bottom row from left, Luis Guerra, Jeff Lane, Matt Chambers, Dave Cavalier and Bobo Estrella. Missing from photo is Eric Thorn. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Northwest Braves of Oregon, finished second to claim the Silver Medal in the eight-team Silver Division at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, 40-Over Division in Carson City, Sept. 16.

The Braves finished with a 3-2 record and got consistent pitching from Shayne Arndt, who was 3-0 in 23 2/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts. His stellar work in the circle earned him a spot on the NAFA All-World team.

“We played solid defense including an incredible triple play,” said Arndt, who managed the team. “We had good team chemistry and timely hitting including home runs by Matt Chambers and Jeff Lane.”

Along with Arndt, third baseman Matt Chambers, right-fielder Todd Kensler, shortstop Jeff Lane and left-fielder Rich leffingwell were also selected to the All-World team.

  • Chambers batted .500, and drove in 3 runs, scored 5 times; Kensler hit a torrid .600 and scored 8 runs; Lane swung the hottest bat on the team, drilling pitchers for a .625 average (10-of-16) with 4 RBI and 6 runs; and Leffingwell hit .467 with 2 RBI and 3 runs.
  • The Northwest Braves won the runner-up trophy in the 2018 NAFA West Masters, 40-Over Silver Division in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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    Hometown Rooters hold off Montana’s Desperado in NAFA AA-Major opener

    Thursday, August 10th, 2017

    ETHAN RINGLIEN fires a pitch for Rooters Bar of Fargo against Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Montana in the opening game of the AA-Major World Series, Wednesday night at Northside Sports Complex. Rooters scored in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 2-1 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    FARGO, N.D. – Ethan Renglien was masterful in the circle in leading Rooters Bar of Fargo to a 2-1 victory over Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Mont. in the opening round of the AA-Major World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Wednesday night.

    The tall, right-handed Renglien fired risers and drops in striking out 11, and giving up just four hits. Desperado’s Leo Bresse was the hard-luck loser, matching Renglien pitch-for-pitch on a four-hit, nine strikeout effort. Only one run was earned.

    The game stayed tied into the seventh until Rooters plated a walk-off run to win it.

    Lane Lunde led Rooters with two hits in four attempts with an RBI, and Matt Kalesa, and Justin Kheanit had one hit each.

    For Desperado, Ryan Donovan, Kevin Yeaglin, Halbert Machinskinic and Shane Alder had a hit a piece, with Alder getting the lone RBI.

    RICE LAKE ORANGEMAN German Bocaccorsi slides safely into home to give the Orangmen a 3-0 lead against the Selects in the opening game of the 2017 NAFA World Series, AA-Major Division, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo. Photo By BOB OTTO

    AA-MAJOR SCORES

  • Portland CR Bartels Farms 12, Elanco Blackhawks
  • (w) Rob Schweyer, 2 innings, no hits, 4 strikeouts, Zack Pierce, 2 innings, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts

  • Rice Lake Orangemen 9, Watson’s Selects 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibenist, 4 inn., no-hits, 7 strikeouts
    Matias Orfano, 2 inn., 2 strikeouts
    Francisco Sabate, 2-for-3, 4 RBI

  • Northwest Braves 3, Sommerside, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada 2
  • Kyle Fry, 6 inn., 2 ER, 18 strikeouts

  • P.E.I. 10, Rooters Bar 1
  • (w) Mitch Hardy

  • Rice Lake 7, Elanco 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibeniest

  • NW Braves 4, Desperado 3
  • (w) Bill Carson

  • CR Bartels 2, Watson’s Selects 1 (11 inn.)
  • (w) Sean Koster